Sŏ Kyŏngdŏk lived in or near Kaesong, the capital city of Chosŏn (Korea). He was a scholar who managed
to avoid political life, not an easy thing to do in those days. A gifted scholar, he spent his life studying and writing
in the areas of literature, phonetics and Confucian philosophy. One of his pupils was Korea's most famous female sijo poet,
, a kisaeng entertainer (similar to a geisha) in Kaesong. Unfortunately, only two of his sijo have come down to us. His pen
name was Hwadam (Flowery Pool)
Mind, I have a question for you —
How is it you stay so young?
As the years pile up on my body,
you too should grow old.
Oh, if I followed your lead, Mind,
I would be run out of town.